Christopher De Los Angeles Avina.

Northwoods Wildlife Center - Minocqua, WI

Project Description

Michael T. Moynihan ’89 Annual Fund for Career Readiness Recipient

I am currently a sophomore Biology major and Education minor and intend to enroll in veterinary school after graduating from college. As someone who is hoping to pursue a career in wildlife welfare, this internship will give me the opportunity to explore an area within the field that I love. This past year, I have been interning at a veterinary clinic that has allowed me to gain experience in animal treatment and diagnosis for canines and felines. By getting experience in wildlife rehabilitation, this summer internship will further contribute to my experiences in veterinary medicine and also allow me to pursue my passion for public education.

During my senior year of high school, I had the opportunity to intern at the Arizona Science Center in the Body Depot department. As an intern, I helped to cultivate an environment that promoted enthusiasm for the sciences through a variety of workshops. I learned the importance of education outreach by helping young children to complete the workshops and by answering their questions. This internship helped me to develop the ability to engage with a young audience, present to a large group, and get people enthusiastic about certain topics. The Arizona Science Center ignited my passion for public education in the sciences. The skills I developed there will prepare me both to present ecology-based programs to the public at the Northwoods Wildlife Center and to share my passion for animal sciences.

I would also be able to bring my experience with handling animals from my internship at the veterinary clinic. Every week, I assist veterinarians and technicians with mostly felines and canines in various procedures and duties. Some of my regular tasks include drawing blood, prepping animals for procedures, and interacting with animal caretakers. In this internship, I have learned how to maintain professional conduct when engaging with clients, how to handle and care for different animals, and how to work in a team.

At the age of 16 I began working at a supermarket, while today I hold two part-time jobs at a plumbing and construction company to pay for my tuition and personal expenses. I believe that these jobs have molded me into a hard worker and fast learner, which will help me accomplish any goal. Animal welfare and public education are my passions that I intend to make a career out of. The internship at the Rehabilitation Department and Environment Education Department at the Northwoods Wildlife Center is of immense value to me because it will allow me to interact with a variety of different animals and will help direct me towards a veterinarian career path.

Project Details

  • Date September 22, 2017
  • Tags 2017, Annual Fund for Career Readiness, Education, Environment, Sophomore, USA

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